Cisco has developed an extensive portfolio of wireless networking products and software tools designed to enable anywhere, anytime connections to information and resources and to promote teamwork among employees, partners, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless products include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and appliances. Progent's certified wireless consultants can help organizations of any size to utilize Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the new paradigm of BYOD networks by integrating their wired and wireless ecosystems to achieve easy configuration, consistent and fast throughput, single-point management, uniform policy, high availability (HA), and advanced security.

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Cisco's Converged Security Technology for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Access

Cisco's Unified Wireless solution can expand to as many as 18,000 APs with full Layer 3 mobility across local or remote locations such as business headquarters, college auditoriums, branches, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi wireless access points and controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the same level of protection, throughput, and manageability for wireless networks that companies expect in their wired ecosystem. Cisco's technology incorporates built-in mobile services like VoIP, high-definition IP video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture allows organizations to create Wi-Fi ecosystems that improve the way they do business and enhance productivity through a mobile and collaborative employee base.

Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consulting services offers remote or on-premises expertise to help you to design, deploy, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any venue. Also, Progent can provide value-priced online and on-premises wireless site surveys to help your company to design and install a wireless network with custom-designed wireless access point clusters optimized for your individual work area layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.

Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Aironet and Meraki Access Points Consulting FirmCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points allow organizations to converge wired and wireless networks to provide the accessibility, density, throughput, protection and ease of management needed for virtually any scenario. These APs range from bare bones, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb for small businesses or home offices to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless access points capable of handling 200 or more clients per AP and delivering throughput as high as 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's current line of APs can be clustered to deliver the scale to support wireless networks crowded with clients and with a high incidence of HD video applications.

Small Business Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco Small Business Access Points Online SupportCisco's Small Business Series of wireless access points are Linux-powered devices engineered as entry-level 802.11n wireless APs for light workloads. Most models in Cisco's Small Business portfolio of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to configure, control and repair a group of access points from one device via an intuitive web browser interface. All models include Power over Ethernet (POE) and feature Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point awareness, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to another network.

The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz unit that can handle 16 active 802.11n clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, allows up to 4 access pointss and 40 active wireless clients per cluster, and can handle sustained throughput of up to 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n AP able to support 16 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, and delivers throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n wireless access point that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 allows 4 APs for each cluster.

The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N Access Point is a wall-mountable single-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n device with support for 80 active clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 has a Gigabit Ethernet port and can support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can handle 32 wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 access point does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wireless-AC/N AP that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, can support 32 clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 allows 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that supports 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the latest 802.11ac wireless networking standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet port, can handle up to 32 active clients on each radio, and eight access points per cluster.

The Cisco Small Business WAP561 802.11n Dual Radio AP includes one 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and dual concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, support 64 clients per radio, and allow 16 access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but features a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the ruggedized outside model) are dual-radio Wireless-AC/N wireless access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), and as high as 1.9 Gbps throughput with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both units can handle 32 active WAN clients on each radio and 16 wireless access points on each cluster.

The Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
Aironet Wireless Access Point ConsultingCisco Meraki Access Points System DesignCisco's Aironet line of wireless APs has for years been the market leading AP solution. Aironet APs range from value priced models to advanced units. The Aironet series span several generations of models supporting the continually improving Wi-Fi specification. The latest line of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and incorporate 802.11ac support, which offers three times the throughput plus superior distance and user density than the previous generation of APs. Cisco's latest multi-band Aironet access points can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac capability.

The earliest Aironet access points are outdated units that have reached end-of-life status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet family of APs and can help your company to maintain your existing Aironet wireless system or upgrade cost effectively to the latest Aironet products. For more information about Progent's support for both current and legacy Cisco Aironet wireless access points, see Cisco Aironet wireless access points consulting services.

Meraki Access Points
Cisco Meraki Access Point ConsultingMeraki Wireless AP Integration ConsultingCisco's family of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points range from budget-friendly devices for small businesses to enterprise-class products supporting up to 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Every Meraki indoor access point provides high-end capabilities like plug-and-play installation, in-depth protection, BYOD support, extensive traffic analysis, zero-touch over-the-web updates, and consolidated cloud-based management for multiple sites. Every Meraki indoor wireless access point also incorporates two high-power radios with enhanced reception as well as a dedicated radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.

Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, built to operate in rugged outdoor conditions, and able to withstand dust, vibration and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities such as cloud-based management with multi-site visibility, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki access points and cloud management, see Meraki access points consulting services.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Wireless LAN Controllers ConsultantsCisco wireless network controllers reduce the time and cost needed to deploy, manage, and operate wireless networks by offering single-point control of critical functions like provisioning access points, enforcing single-point policies throughout converged networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for voice and HD video, monitoring and optimizing network performance, implementing wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) capabilities to guard against unauthorized access and Denial of Service threats, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless network controllers for businesses of all sizes and offers standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and switches with built-in wireless network controllers.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module Consulting ServicesThe current versions of Cisco wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to minimize signal interference and produce self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways allow discovery throughout WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless network controllers support wireless access point and client stateful failover by permitting a standby high-availability wireless controller to synchronize with a primary wireless controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. In case the main wireless controller goes down, thousands of APs and clients can switchover immediately to the secondary wireless controller.

Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E offers basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller businesses and branches. This affordable and expandable module can support from five to 200 access points and as many as 6000 clients. (For information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management support.)

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branch offices and come with an integrated wireless controller with the capability to support up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for midsize and large organizations and include an integrated wireless LAN controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and support for up to 50 APs and 2000 wireless clients. The WiSM2 is an add-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless LAN controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and with support for 1000 APs and as many as 15,000 clients. (For information concerning Progent's consulting services for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Catalyst switches deployment and management services.)

Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop appliances that simplify the deployment and management of wireless networks for SMBs and branch offices. The Cisco 2500 wireless controller can handle from five to 75 access points and 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless Controllers Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for medium-sized to large enterprises and campus environments and can manage 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 APs and 12,000 clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high amounts of video-intensive applications.

The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to manage massive collections of wireless branches from one location, eliminating the costs of a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 appliance allows you to build a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device engineered to monitor and manage wireless networks for very large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to support up to 6000 access points and 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps performance.

Legacy Cisco APs, LAN Bridges and Wireless Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity largely rendered obsolete the prior releases of Wi-Fi products for venues that support high numbers of clients and high usage of video-intensive applications. Even for businesses who do not need the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present serious maintenance and compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and onsite support for a wide array of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can also help organizations to evaluate the financial justification for updating legacy wireless technology and can help in designing and executing affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco legacy wireless devices that Progent's consultants still support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG Series wireless access points are intended for conventional workplaces and other sites which have minimal environmental variability. These access points have integrated antennas that provide dependable radio range profiles. The Cisco 1130G Series product is available for regulated domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.

Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family access points are ideal for more problematic RF environments like manufacturing plants or above suspended ceilings which commonly require adjustable protruding antennas and ruggedized cases. The Aironet 1240G family wireless access point is designed for controlled locations that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz transmission.

Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor mesh APs provide an affordable, scalable, protected outdoor wireless network solution for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require connectivity for mobile phones or computers.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges Consulting FirmCisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges offer a high-performance and feature-rich solution for connecting numerous local area networks in a metro situation or public access environment. Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a flexible, manageable technology that meets the security requirements of wide-area networking specialists. They manage both PTP and point-to-multipoint configurations with excellent coverage and the ability to handle data throughput as high as 54 Mbps.

Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer throughput several times higher than E1/T1 connections for a fraction of the expense, erasing the necessity of costly leased lines when linking separate buildings. Because bridges require no ongoing charges, savings on connection services quickly pay for the startup hardware costs. Private lines and in some cases leased lines using metal or optical cable often result in considerable initial expenses if they are separated by obstacles like freeways, railroads, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be deployed rapidly an offer a fast return on investment.

Cisco Aironet 1300 outdoor access points/bridges can be deployed as independent wireless access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a ruggedized enclosure and offer fast, cost-effective wireless interfaces between numerous fixed or mobile networks and users.

Cisco 1400 Series bridges provide fast, dependable outside connections for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. These devices include a durable enclosure that can withstand harsh outdoor environments and can function in wide temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers Support ServicesCisco WLAN Controllers are centralize the management of WLANs by simplifying the handling of key technologies including integrated IPS, fast RF management, automatic configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. WLAN controllers operate with lightweight access points to offer superior throughput and advanced administration capabilities.

Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the control, expandability, protection, and reliability that system managers need to build safe, enterprise-scale wireless solutions, from branch locations to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy WLCs can be clustered to provide accommodation for up to 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.

Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses (SMBs) and large corporations an economical solution to implement and manage protected wireless LANs at satellite locations. These wireless controllers manage up to a dozen Aironet APs and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (For information concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting services.)

How Progent's Engineers Can Help You with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist your business to plan, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired and wireless environment incorporating a wide range of wireless devices that offer the same protection, scalability, and ease of management you demand from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to manage legacy wireless solutions from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security consultants can advise you about how to build security into your WLAN and your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can show you how to configure the HA technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged infrastructure delivers continuing return on investment.

Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to design and deploy a state-of-the-art WLAN customized for your facilities, providing a Wi-Fi ecosystem that delivers comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, Quality of Service features to accommodate IP video, enterprise-class security, and simplified management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and expense, or onsite for more challenging environments.

For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless integration capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless Network Help.

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